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I am looking into buying a edible printer, any suggestions or tips on buying one??
post #2 of 65
I have a Canon IP 3600 and I really like it.It is quite a popular model and affordable.

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post #3 of 65
I have been selling edible printers for 11 years now. I have high expectations as I have to stand behind what I sell and honestly, I dont want to come to work everyday fixing problems, I beleive in selling reliable products. So, here is my 2 cents...more like $2!!! First, you want to be able to print once per week. This eleviates 99% of possible problems. You can print on regular paper using edible ink, so I recommend printing out a coupon once per week if you are not printing images and give the coupon to your next customer. This way you are promoting your product and eventually you will not need to do that! Printers: Canon vs. Epson, I use both. I prefer Canon, and only use the Epson for wide format printing. Canon's wide formats are finicky and not worth the hastle. So, after we came out with our Canon Gold label Ink Cartridges, we found that they were so superior over previous inks that we tried an Epson version. I did try many different Epson models and came back to the Epson Workforce 1100 only for wide format printing. If you do not need to print the large 11x16" than go with the Canon IP3600 or Canon MP560. Both are superior to the Epsons. The Canon has the removable printhead which is critical for long term printing. The printhead can be removed, cleaned and replaced if needed. With epsons, if you get a clog and you cannot get it out, you are out the printer. Inks: Our latest version of inks and cartridges, the Gold Label Series is amazing. The cartridges are made of food grade plastics and there is no sponge which allows you to use every bit of ink that is in your cartridge. Plus if you plan to refill, there is no sponge to harbor bacteria. Refilling is easy. It is done right in the printer! The colors are absolutely beautiful as well. Papers: There are three types of icing sheets. Lucks, which everyone is familiar with as they are the ones that edible images are printed on. Icing Images House Brand which is similiar to the KK brand, and that is the thinnest out there and Icing Images Premium Brand which is the most durable brand and has the largest printable area. Oh, it comes in chocolate too! Companys: When choosing an edible printing company, it is best to go by recommendations and also call them and talk to them. How knowledgable and helpful are they. Remember this is who you call or email if you have questions. How fast do they ship? Are they friendly? I think I went over my $2 limit and I apologize for my long windedness. I hope this is helpful to you and if you have any questions, please feel free to call or PM me or visit the Icing Images forum.
Remember printing images is just like printing regular pictures. It is easy and is only limited by your abilities. Do not be afraid of it, dive in and dont look back, its a blast!

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post #4 of 65
I have been selling edible printers for 11 years now. I have high expectations as I have to stand behind what I sell and honestly, I dont want to come to work everyday fixing problems, I beleive in selling reliable products. So, here is my 2 cents...more like $2!!! First, you want to be able to print once per week. This eleviates 99% of possible problems. You can print on regular paper using edible ink, so I recommend printing out a coupon once per week if you are not printing images and give the coupon to your next customer. This way you are promoting your product and eventually you will not need to do that! Printers: Canon vs. Epson, I use both. I prefer Canon, and only use the Epson for wide format printing. Canon's wide formats are finicky and not worth the hastle. So, after we came out with our Canon Gold label Ink Cartridges, we found that they were so superior over previous inks that we tried an Epson version. I did try many different Epson models and came back to the Epson Workforce 1100 only for wide format printing. If you do not need to print the large 11x16" than go with the Canon IP3600 or Canon MP560. Both are superior to the Epsons. The Canon has the removable printhead which is critical for long term printing. The printhead can be removed, cleaned and replaced if needed. With epsons, if you get a clog and you cannot get it out, you are out the printer. Inks: Our latest version of inks and cartridges, the Gold Label Series is amazing. The cartridges are made of food grade plastics and there is no sponge which allows you to use every bit of ink that is in your cartridge. Plus if you plan to refill, there is no sponge to harbor bacteria. Refilling is easy. It is done right in the printer! The colors are absolutely beautiful as well. Papers: There are three types of icing sheets. Lucks, which everyone is familiar with as they are the ones that edible images are printed on. Icing Images House Brand which is similiar to the KK brand, and that is the thinnest out there and Icing Images Premium Brand which is the most durable brand and has the largest printable area. Oh, it comes in chocolate too! Companys: When choosing an edible printing company, it is best to go by recommendations and also call them and talk to them. How knowledgable and helpful are they. Remember this is who you call or email if you have questions. How fast do they ship? Are they friendly? I think I went over my $2 limit and I apologize for my long windedness. I hope this is helpful to you and if you have any questions, please feel free to call or PM me or visit the Icing Images forum.
Remember printing images is just like printing regular pictures. It is easy and is only limited by your abilities. Do not be afraid of it, dive in and dont look back, its a blast!

Debbie
Owner
Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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Debbie
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Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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post #5 of 65
Thanks for posting this question, 1Joshua2. I really appreciate your response, Debbie. I purchased an Epson Workforce 30 and I've had issues with it but it is probably because I haven't been using it weekly. Is there a way to get the ink cartridges to begin working when you've not used the printer for a few weeks? I've tried cleaning the cartridges and the area where they mount in the printer but am still having issues.
post #6 of 65
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Thanks so much for all the replies!!! And thank you icing images for all of the info, I really appreciate it!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #7 of 65
I have had my Canon edible image printer, who I bought thru Photofrost. I have not had any problems with it, in the 5 years I have it. I run it once in awhile if I am not using it, to make sure the ink doesn't get dry out or just to keep working some. Again I have had great luck with my Canon and love all the things I can do with the edible images sheets and how creative it lets me be. Plus like the poster says, costumer service, someone who knows about the machine and icing sheets is a must and a big help. I hope this helps, Happy Cake Decorating
post #8 of 65
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Originally Posted by bettinashoe

Thanks for posting this question, 1Joshua2. I really appreciate your response, Debbie. I purchased an Epson Workforce 30 and I've had issues with it but it is probably because I haven't been using it weekly. Is there a way to get the ink cartridges to begin working when you've not used the printer for a few weeks? I've tried cleaning the cartridges and the area where they mount in the printer but am still having issues.


Have you ran the clean print head function on your printer software? It uses up a lot ink but seems to work pretty well on mine.
I print something on my epson once a week to keep it from clogging up. Just put a piece of paper in it and print something.
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post #9 of 65
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Originally Posted by bettinashoe

Thanks for posting this question, 1Joshua2. I really appreciate your response, Debbie. I purchased an Epson Workforce 30 and I've had issues with it but it is probably because I haven't been using it weekly. Is there a way to get the ink cartridges to begin working when you've not used the printer for a few weeks? I've tried cleaning the cartridges and the area where they mount in the printer but am still having issues.



Since you cant take the printhead out on the Epson, it makes it a little challenging. you do not want to run too many deep cleanings as it chews up the inks that are using. I recommend no more than two deep cleanings. But the best thing to do is put regular paper in it and print several colorful pictures to see if you can pull the ink through that way. Sorry I dont have more advice for you than that. I have tried more invasive ways but I killed the printer!

Debbie
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Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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Debbie
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Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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post #10 of 65
I was looking into purchasing a printer and I think I am heading in the right direction now!!
post #11 of 65
Hello,

Looking to buy a printer pronto have any of these printers been upgraded?
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post #12 of 65
Canon mg5320 is the latest but we have not tested it. I wouldstickwith the canon mg5220

Debbie
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Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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Debbie
Owner
Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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post #13 of 65
Debbie, thanks for your reply. Is this a good one and do you know where I can buy edible inks locally. I need to use it for a charity event on thursday so I'm kinda in a rush to get some things printed.
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post #14 of 65
We can ship to you, we are a one or two day ship to you.

Debbie
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Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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Debbie
Owner
Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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post #15 of 65
how much is the ink for that printer? I found the printer to be pretty cheap online/store.
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